Filippo Grandi takes charge as UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Senior United Nations (UN) official Filippo Grandi
from Italy has taken the charge as new UN High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
He succeeds Antonio Guterres of Portugal who
has retired after heading the Refugee Agency for
one decade. He will have tenure of five years.
About Filippo Grandi
He has worked in international affairs for over
30 years as a Italian diplomat, of which 27
years he spent with the United Nations.
He started his career in the office of UNHCR in
1988 and had represented UN in refugee and
political affairs in the Middle East, Africa and
He also had served as head of the UN Relief
and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in
the Near East (UNRWA).
He had worked prior to that for the UN
Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
as Deputy Special Representative.
About United Nations High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR)
UNHCR is a United Nations agency mandated
to protect and support refugees. It is a
member of the United Nations Development
Established: December 14, 1950.
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
Initially it was established to help people
displaced by World War II. But later it became
the principal agency that has helped displaced
persons all over world.
Mission: Safeguard the political and human
rights as well as well-being of refugees. Seek
lasting solutions to the plights of refugees.


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